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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,844 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Chevrolet HHR transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 142010


  • 18,425 miles


Top half of manual shifter knob came off while shifting gears from 2nd to 3rd.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 112010


  • 25,000 miles
Clutch pedal sticking to floor board, cannot get vehicle into reverse gear. Clutch pedal starts feeling squishy and all of a sudden pedal will stick to the floorboard and the clutch will be fully engaged. Have to manually pull pedal up when vehicle is turned off to use clutch again. Reverse gear grinds and will not go into gear around the same time the clutch pedal starts acting up.

- Brooklyn Park , MN, USA

problem #2

Jan 012009


  • 14,950 miles
2008 HHR ss 5 speed, clutch is sticking to the floor boards, transmission will not go into gears all the time. Serious driveline noises and vehicle sounds like a can rolling down a hill in the wind when running.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #1

Feb 022010


  • Manual transmission
  • 21,000 miles
2008 HHR-Chevrolet. Manual transmission. Driving down the road and the top half of the gear shift knob came off and fell into the drivers side floor and under the brake pedal. I was just extremely lucky it was early in the morning and I was in the right hand lane where I could down shift to slow down and pull over to the side of the road to remove the top of the knob. When I called the dealer to bring it in he said there was somebody standing right in front of him with the same problem.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

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